Current News about CESP
UT Has Award Winning CSI Chapter
Dr. John Laux released an announcement today that UT's Alpha Omega chapter of Chi Sigma Iota has been named the 2011-2012 recipient of the Outstanding Chapter Award. Dr. Laux is the faculty adviser for the Alpha Omega chapter and noted that the award was given in recognition of the "chapter's hard work." Chi Sigma Iota is the only national counseling honorary society and UT's Alpha Omega chapter is one of the founding chapters. The award will be presented in March at the American Counseling Association's Annual Convention in San Francisco.
CES at All Ohio Counselors Conference
The University of Toledo Counselor Education & Supervison program was a major player in this year's All Ohio Counselors Conference in Columbus. Presentations were given by faculty members Drs. Kathleen Salyers, Nick Piazza, and John Laux; doctoral students Dakota King-White, Olya Zaporozhets, Hasmik Chakaryan, Heba Mustafa-Gaballah, Tamara Harden, La Tasha Osborne, Tiffany Hairston, Stephanie Calmes; and master's student William Roman.
During the Awards Ceremony, Dr. John Laux received the Dave Brooks Award for one who has demonstrated a willingness to serve and take responsibility, while creating new paths in the counseling profession. Dr. Chris Roseman received the Herman J. Peters Award recognizing someone who promotes innovative ideas and theories in the counseling field and has a significant impact on future trends. Dr. Kathleen Salyers received the Public Policy & Legislation Award for one who has demonstrated excellent advocacy by engaging in meaningful lobbying on behalf of the counseling profession. The University of Toledo reception was held immediately after the awards ceremony and over 50 alumni, current students, and friends stopped by to congratulate the awards recipients. During the reception Dr. John Laux announced UT Counselor Education Outstanding student awards for 2011. Max Lencl was named Outstanding Master's Student and Olya Zaporozhets was named Outstanding Doctoral Student.
CES Doctoral Grad Publishes First Novel
Dr. Joyce Wagoner (writing as Joyce Lee McIntosh) has published her first novel, Justice for Julie. Joyce is a 1992 graduate of the University of Toledo's doctoral program in Counselor Education & Supervision. Currently living in northern Michigan, she and her husband Jim are co-owners of five children and eight grandchildren. Drawing on her background as a clinical psychologist and a county probation officer, Joyce has created a fast moving suspense novel with a fascinating list of fictional characters who inevitably cause mischief and mayhem in the world of politics and addiction. We want to congratulate Dr. Wagoner on her success and we can't wait to read her book!
Professional Orientation to School Counseling Cancelled for Spring, 2012
The Counselor Education and Supervision program will not be able to offer COUN 5010 Professional Orientation to School Counseling this Spring 2012 Semester. It will next be offered in Summer II 2012 (June 25 through August 3). Some students may have COUN 5010 on your Plan of Study for Spring 2012. Unfortunately you will have to consider taking something else and taking COUN 5010 in Summer. We are informing students now so you have plenty of time to make the adjustment. Some students have not yet completed their Plans of Study. Please do not put COUN 5010 down for this coming Spring. Finally, for faculty members filling out School Counseling students Plans of Study should keep in mind that it will not be offered this Spring.
CSI to Hold Ice Cream Social
The Alpha Omega Chapter of Chi Sigma Iota, the Counselor Education and Supervision honorary society, is planning to hold an ice cream social for students on Wednesday, September 14, from 6:30 to 7:15 p.m. in the HH 3rd floor faculty lounge. Everyone is invited and you don’t have to be a member to attend.
Masters and Doctoral Student Orientations Set
The Counselor Education and Supervision program has set dates and times for its masters and doctoral student orientation meetings. Orientation for masters students will be held on Thursday, Sept 8, from 7:00 to 7:50 in room HH 3316. Doctoral student orientation will be held on Monday, Sept 12, from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m. in room HH 3318. These orientation meetings will be particularly useful to incoming students, but should also be useful to any student as well as people thinking about applying to either the masters or doctoral programs. Faculty are aware of these meetings and have agreed to excuse students from classes in order to attend. Bring your student handbook and your questions. We look forward to seeing you at the orientation.
Counseling Programs Incorporate Educational and Training Requirements Based on Feedback from Graduates, Supervisors, and Employers
In May-June 2011, The University of Toledo counseling programs surveyed recent graduates, internship supervisors, and employers in order to better understand the academic and training experience and preparedness of our graduates. School counseling graduates, supervisors, and employers were asked to evaluate school counseling students’ preparation on the following domains: professional identity, ethics, counseling prevention and interventions, responsiveness to diversity, assessment, program evaluation, consultation and collaboration, and school counseling leadership. Thirteen school counselor supervisors/employers and 38 school counseling graduates responded to the survey. At least 10 out of the 13 school counselor supervisors and employers, rated our students and graduates as possessing the knowledge, skills, and abilities equal to or exceeding that of a beginning school counselor in all of these domains except “able to implement comprehensive assessment plans that evaluate students’ academic, career, and personal/social needs” (n = 7), and “able to conduct program evaluation, analyze and assess data to inform decision making and accountability” (n = 9). The school counseling graduates’ self-evaluation of their training was consistent with their supervisors’ and employers’. Of the 38 graduate respondents, none said that that they lacked training in any of the identified domains. The majority rated themselves as adequately- or well-trained. Ratings of “somewhat trained” were given, respectively, by 4 (11.4%) on the comprehensive assessment plan domain, 3 (8.6%) on program evaluation, and 7 (20%) on consultation and collaboration.
To help improve our students’ training in these areas, we no longer require students to take the RESM 5310 Educational Research course and instead require students to take HSHS 6000 Research and Statistics in Health Education and Human Services Professions, which is taught by program faculty. In this new course, school counselors are given a scenario in which they are required to identify how, based on their course materials, they would conduct a program evaluation for a junior high school depression group-counseling program. Additionally, a module was added in which school counseling students are required to produce a 2-3 page proposal, each, in which they demonstrate how they would perform a needs assessment for their students’ academic, career, and personal/social development. In addition, school counseling students in COUN 5010 Professional Orientation to School Counseling complete Learning Objective 20: “Describe how you would design, implement, manage, and evaluate a comprehensive school counseling program.”
During our 2010 Counselor Education Advisory Board meeting, school counseling field supervisors reported that school counseling students without teaching experience needed more training in classroom management, classroom guidance lessons, and legal issues in schools. As a result, students in COUN 5010 Professional Orientation to School Counseling must complete Learning Objective 15: “Write up a lesson plan for a classroom guidance presentation as part of a preventive program (e.g., conflict resolution, substance abuse prevention, bullying, etc.).” The Board’s input led to a decision to allow students enrolled in the school counseling program without a teaching background to take a collaborative course with students enrolled in the Departments’ school psychology program to supplement their knowledge of legal and ethical issues specific to the school setting. In addition, school counseling students must prepare and present a classroom guidance lesson as part of COUN 5190 Counseling Practicum. Feedback from this group led us to require that our Clinical Mental Health Counseling students complete the diagnosis and mental health counseling course (COUN 6240) as a prerequisite to entering practicum.
In the May-June 2011 survey Community/Clinical Mental Health Counseling constituents were asked to evaluate themselves, past interns, and employees on the following domains: ethics, roles and functions of a counselor, case conceptualization and treatment planning, responsiveness to diversity, assessment, use of available research, and diagnosis. Eleven community/clinical mental health counselor supervisors/employers and 21 community/clinical mental health counselor graduates responded to the survey. At least 10 out of the 11 supervisors and employers, rated our students and graduates as possessing the knowledge, skills, and abilities equal to or exceeding that of a beginning clinical/community counselor in all of these domains except “case conceptualization and treatment planning” (n = 9), and “critically evaluate research relevant to the practice of clinical mental health counseling” (n = 6). Of the 21 graduate respondents, none said that they lacked training in any of the identified domains. The majority rated themselves as adequately- or well-trained. Ratings of “somewhat trained” were given, respectively, by 4 (19%) on the case conceptualization domain, and 4 (19%) on research domain.
To help improve our clinical mental health counseling students’ training in these areas, we added a module into the HSHS 6000 course in which students are assigned to select two research papers published in counseling or counseling-related journals and produce a critical review of the methods employed and the manner in which the paper is constructed. Likewise, students in the internship are now required to prepare a written biopsychosocial case presentation that includes a review of a client’s initial assessment, diagnosis, course of treatment, and discharge recommendations. This presentation is presented orally to the class. An anonymous version of this case presentation is submitted to the course instructor.
Finally, 18 doctoral graduates responded to a 32-item survey covering the following domains: supervision, roles and functions of counselor educators, counselor education, ethics, multicultural matters, research design and statistical analysis, instrument design, program evaluation, professional writing and presentations, grant writing, program evaluation, crisis, leadership, advocacy, social change and social justice, and current social and political issues. A minimum of 14 (78%) doctoral graduates rated themselves as adequately- or well-trained in this program on 21 of the 32 items. Areas in which five or more students stated that they either learned an area somewhat or not at all include “instructional theory and methods relevant to counselor education” (n = 5), “ability to assess the needs of counselors in training” (n = 5), “course design and delivery” (n = 5), models and methods of instrument design (n = 5), “program evaluation” (n = 5), “grant writing” (n = 14), “crises, disasters, and other trauma-inducing events” (n = 9), “advocacy models” (n = 5), “social change and social justice” (n = 6), and “social and political issues” (n = 7).
To help improve our doctoral Counselor Education and Supervision students’ training in these areas, we added modules into the required course COUN 7930 Research Seminar such that students select one counseling variable or construct of their interest and prepare a paper in which they identify how they would create a psychometric instrument to measure this construct. Likewise, students submit a mock dissertation proposal that includes a mock grant application to provide external support for their proposed research. Students in the COUN 7930 course are now required to create and implement a mock program evaluation design for a hypothetical community agency program. Students in the required COUN 7530 Advanced Counseling Theories are required to complete a reading module on crisis, disaster, and other trauma causing events.
Recent graduates of the Counselor Education doctoral program requested more training in the application process for faculty positions. This was discussed at a department meeting and as a result doctoral students enrolled in the COUN 7520 Educational Leadership in the Mental Health Professions must submit a vita and letter of application to an actual position announcement. The vita and letters are discussed and critiqued as an in-class exercise.
Ritchie Named ACA Fellow
Dr. Martin Ritchie, professor and chair of the Department of School Psychology, Legal Specialties and Counselor Education in the Judith Herb College of Education, Health Science and Human Service at The University of Toledo, recently was named an American Counseling Association Fellow.
Ritchie received the award at the association’s annual conference in New Orleans. The Fellow designation recognizes American Counseling Association members with significant and unique contributions in professional practice, scientific achievement and governance, or teaching and training, and who have made important contributions to the counseling profession.
“I am deeply honored because this is recognition from peers in the profession of my life’s work,” Ritchie said.
A licensed professional counselor and national certified counselor, Ritchie has trained counselors in both the United States and Australia. He has served as president of the Ohio Counseling Association, the Ohio Association for Counselor Education and Supervision, and the Northwest Ohio Counseling Association. Ritchie also has served as editor of the journal Counselor Education and Supervision.
He recently was recognized nationally with the 2010 Robert O. Stripling Award for Excellence in Standards from the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision.
Ritchie co-founded the International Association of Marriage and Family Counselors in 1985.
Currently, he serves as chair of the Board of Directors of the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs, the national accrediting body for counselor education programs.
2012 Spring Graduation
Sunday, May 8, was both Mothers' Day and Graduation Day at The University of Toledo. It was a great day for celebrating both occasions as the weather was nearly perfect. The Department graduated four doctoral candidates: Tanner Babb, PhD; Dakota King-White, PhD; Victoria Sepulveda, PhD; and Carrie VanMeter, PhD. Masters graduates included Shelley Ahleman, Cassandra Allen, Jillian Auxter, Jill Bennett, Christopher Buehrer, Kristi Coe, Sean Cullen, Lindsay Dvorak, Chad Howard, Amy Keister, Max Lencl, Keshia Maybee, Katie Miller, Marinda Moeller, Mary Neary, James Perrin, and Gretchen Pipoly. School Psychology graduates included Benita Reynolds-Saaka and Mary Whitlow. Congratulations to everyone on their special day!
OACES Elects New Officers
The membership of the Ohio Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (OACES) elected a new slate of officers at its Spring meeting on Friday, April 29. Jane Cox from Kent State will be this year's president, while John Laux from the University of Toledo will step down as president but remain active as the immediate past president. Nick Piazza from the University of Toledo was elected to serve as president-elect. JoAnn Lipford Sanders from Heidelberg University was re-elected as treasurer. Connie Patterson from Ohio University was elected secretary and will succeed Stephanie Calmes. Our thanks go out to all those officers who have served so well and will be stepping down. We also want to congratulate the new, in-coming officers.
Amber Lange Wins ACA Award
The Counselor Education faculty and students want to congratulate Visiting Assistant Professor and doctoral program grad, Dr. Amber Lange, for being this year's recipient of the American Counseling Association Don Dinkmeyer Social Interest Award. This award recognizes an ACA member or organization that has made a significant contribution to the counseling field in support of families and family members. Along with her work at UT as a VAP, Dr. Lange owns a private practice and focuses on counseling families and couples, including military, fire and police clients and families struggling with substance abuse, trauma and infidelity. It is her desire to foster and preserve the family unit. In addition to her professional service, she has organized food drives for clients, facilitated shelter services for women and organized monetary contributions and donated goods for those in need. Dr. Lange has presented at state and national conferences on the topic of intimacy and sex in committed relationship.
Counselor Ed Doctoral Student Trains Health Workers in India
Olya Zaporozhets, a doctoral student in Counselor Education, taught an eight day counseling seminar over the winter break in Yerpedu, Andhra Pradesh, South-Eastern India. The seminar was conducted on the HIV/Leprosy/TB hospital grounds with translation into the Telugu language. Olya has trained hospital staff in basic counseling skills and counseling issues pertaining to the work with HIV-positive patients. Click on the links to view a photo of Olya with the hospital staff and another photo of Olya standing next to the hospital sign. Olya's trip was not all work and no play. She reports that she did have an opportunity to see the Taj Mahal on her visit.
Broken Links and Broken Hearts
We just wanted to make you all aware of a slight glitch that we have discovered in our department website. About a month ago, the college updated its website. An unintended effect of this update is that some bookmarks now point to old, out of date pages on a previous version of our department website (don’t ask us how that happened!). What is happening is that people are using these bookmarks to go to our website and they are ending up in outdated pages with either outdated materials or broken links. The best way to deal with this is to delete your old bookmarks and log in through www.utoledo.edu and then use the “Colleges and Programs” drop down menu to select Health Science and Human Service. Then you can click into our programs through the navigation column on the right hand side of the page. Once you get where you want to go, you can set new bookmarks. So, if you have been having any problems (especially getting proper internship forms), this will hopefully be the fix.
Counselor Ed Grad Wins CSI Outstanding Research Award
Dr. Kerry Fineran, a graduate of the UT Counselor Education Doctoral Program, has been selected to receive the 2011 Chi Sigma Iota Research Award at the annual American Counseling Association this Spring. The award was based on a paper that Dr. Fineran co-authored with Dr. John Laux, Dr. Jennifer Seymour, and Tequila Thomas. The article was written when Kerry, Jennifer, and Tequila were all students in the UT Counselor Education Program. The Department wants to congratulate Dr. Fineran and everyone on her writing team for their great work and for receiving this award.
Counselor Ed Doctoral Student Named CACREP Special Projects Coordinator
Counselor Education doctoral student and graduate assistant, Latesha Bigford has accepted a position as Special Projects Coordinator with the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). The intended project involves the completion of a thorough literature review and analysis of research related to CACREP and its effectiveness. Upon completion of the literature review and analysis, Ms. Bigford will provide recommendations regarding future research needs related to strengthening the public's understanding of CACREP accreditation and its effects on programs, faculty, students, and quality of practitioners. She was chosen from over 30 applicants from counseling programs nationwide.
UT Counselor Education Shines at AOCC
The University of Toledo Counselor Education Program was well represented at the All Ohio Counselors Conference, November 3-5, 2010, at the Easton Town Center in Columbus. Dr. Kathleen Salyers received the prestigious David Brooks Award in recognition of her willingness to serve, teach responsibility, and create new paths in the counseling profession. She was honored during the awards luncheon where she was joined by her guest, the Governor’s wife, First Lady Francis Strickland, who holds a master’s degree in counseling and a doctorate in educational psychology.
Faculty and student presenters included: Shelly J. Ahleman (Master’s student) on Parent Outreach=Student Success; Doctoral Alumni, Drs. Amber Lange (UT Visiting Assistant Professor), Tara Hill (Old Dominion University), and Megan Mahon (Heidelberg University) on Counseling Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered and Questioning Clients; Jennifer Findsen, (Alumna) presented on Trainings to Empower K-5 Teachers and Support Students; Alumna, Dr. Susan Huss and Dr. Martin Ritchie presented on School Counselor Documentation; Doctoral student, Stephanie Calmes presented on To Touch or Not to Touch: Ethical Considerations for Practicing Counselors along with Drs. Nick Piazza and John Laux; Ben Kelch (Doctoral student) and Dr. Kathleen Salyers presented on Substance Abuse Crisis Intervention; Dr. John Laux, as president of the Ohio Association for Counselor Education and Supervision convened the business meeting on Friday morning.
The University of Toledo reception was a huge success with over 40 students, alumni, and friends attending. During the reception Dr. John Laux announced that Jon Borland was named the Outstanding Master’s Student and Dr. Jennifer Seymour, the Outstanding Doctoral Student for 2009-2010.
University of Toledo Counselor Education Program Named Tops in Nation By Peers
During the North Central Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (NCACES)
2010 Conference in Chicago in October, The University of Toledo received the Robert
Frank Outstanding Counselor Education Program Award. This national award honors a
counselor education program that exemplifies the importance of excellence through
standards as evidenced through:
- Faculty members' commitment and contributions to ACES and the counseling profession;
- Program commitment not only to standards but also to their improvement and development;
- Faculty members' mentoring a clear and strong counselor and/or counselor educator identity;
- The program's influence and relationship not only to students, but also to the university and surrounding community;
- Unique and innovative ways to provide education and supervision of counselors and/or counselor educators.
The award was presented by Dr. Chris Roseman, Counselor Educator from the University of South Dakota, NCACES President, and an alumnus of The University of Toledo. Dr. Roseman announced that UT had been chosen over all other programs nominated by a distinguished panel of counselor educators and awarded during the NCACES Conference since there was no national ACES conference this year.
Dr. Roseman announced that Dr. Martin Ritchie was chosen as the recipient for the Robert O. Stripling Award for Excellence in Standards. Dr. Robert O. Stripling is considered to have had the greatest influence in developing counselor education programs at universities throughout the United States during the 50 year period from 1940-1990. This award is given to a person who has shown commitment to: Leadership in the advancement of standards for counselor education and supervision; Program development and counselor preparation; The enhancement of the profession through competency-based credentialing; Establishing a history of excellence in the formation and implementation of professional standards in counseling, counselor education and supervision.
Dr. John Laux received the NCACES Research Award which honors significant research in the profession including the areas of counseling, counselor education, or counselor supervision.
Inaddition, Dr. Kathleen Salyers (Faculty), presented on Counselor Development and the Supervisory Relationship. Ben Kelch (Doctoral student) presented on Cognitive-Behavioral Supervision of Substance Abuse Counselors. Chad Yates (alumnus ) presented on Suicide Assessment. Dr. Tara Hill, Dr. Megan Mahon (alumni), and Dr. Amber Lange (Faculty) had two presentations: Using Rasch Analysis in Developing a Psychological Instrument and An Investigation of the SASSI-3’s Measurement Properties along with Dr. John Laux who was unable to attend. Dr. Martin Ritchie (Faculty) and Dr. Susan Huss (alumna) presented on Service Plan Development Training for School Counselors and Dr. Ritchie conducted all-day accreditation training. Also attending the conference were first year doctoral students Tiffany Hairston, LaTasha Osborne and Latesha Bigford.
NBCC Foundation Announces Scholarship Opportunities
The NBCC Foundation is pleased to announce the 2010 military and rural scholarships. These scholarships provide financial support to counseling students who commit to serving these two greatly underserved populations upon graduation. The scholarship program plays an integral role in NBCC's mission to promote mental health through the advancement of professional counseling and credentialing. Ten scholarships—five military and five rural—will be awarded in early 2011.
The excitement for the 2010 scholarships is amplified by the success of the 2009 scholarships. The 2009 scholarship recipients have plans to improve the mental health climate in their communities—from counseling veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder to providing counseling services in rural areas devastated by suicide and economic hardship. The NBCC Foundation is delighted to aid these promising counselors and encourage their aspirations to make a difference for the underserved.
Ifyou would like to learn more about the NBCC Foundation scholarships, please visit their Web site at www.nbccf.org.
VA to Start Hiring Mental Health Counselors
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has issued qualification standards formally recognizing licensed professional counselors as mental health specialists within the Veterans Health Administration. The standards, released internally to VA staff in the late hours of September 28th, and available online (at http://cts.vresp.com/c/?NationalBoardforCert/0b39029a11/09d12a853a/38d9583c67/Pub_ID=507&FType=2), are the culmination of years of work by the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC), the American Counseling Association (ACA) and the American Mental Health Counselors Association (AMHCA) to open up mental health provider jobs within the VA to professional counselors. This is a landmark step forward for the counseling profession as well as an important means of expanding the pool of mental health service providers available to meet the growing treatment needs of our nation's veterans.
The new standards set categories and criteria for employment within the VA. The standards establish several levels of employment within the GS-101 series for counselors–entitled "Licensed Professional Mental Health Counselors" (LPMHC)–similar to and on par with the positions currently in place for clinical social workers:
* GS-9 Licensed Professional Mental Health Counselor
(Entry Level – for individuals with a graduate degree
in counseling but who have not yet become licensed)
* GS-11 Licensed Professional Mental Health Counselor
* GS-12 Licensed Professional Mental Health Counselor Program Coordinator
* GS-12 Licensed Professional Mental Health Counselor Supervisor
* GS-13 Licensed Professional Mental Health Counselor Program Manager
* GS-14 LPMHC Program Manager Leadership Assignments
The regulations require counselors to have a master's degree in mental health counseling or a related field from a program accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). Examples of related mental health counseling fields include, but are not limited to addiction counseling; community counseling; gerontology counseling; marital, couple, and family counseling; and marriage and family therapy. A master's degree in mental health counseling is the only degree that will be recognized under the new standards. There are no substitute degrees authorized.
The regulations also contain specific information regarding the employment of counselors who at the time of appointment have not completed all of the requirements to become state licensed. At the time of appointment, the supervisor will provide the unlicensed counselor with the written requirement to obtain licensure, the date by which the license must be acquired and the consequences for not becoming licensed by the deadline. Failure to become licensed within two years from the date of appointment will result in removal from the GS-101 LPMHC series and may result in termination of employment. Once licensed, counselors must maintain a valid and unrestricted license to independently practice mental health counseling, which includes diagnosis and treatment.
We are continuing to work with the VA to obtain a government Occupational Series from the federal Office of Personnel Management (OPM). This General Series would be specific to the counseling profession and would affect all federal agencies. It would facilitate hiring of counselors in the VA and throughout the federal government, and will not slow the VA implementation.
These qualification standards are a major accomplishment and a historic step forward in federal recognition of counselors. While it is the last formal step in the VA employment process, it will take time for counselors to be fully integrated into the system. To help us ensure the process is working, we strongly encourage counselors to contact us to share their experiences in seeking positions within the VA under the new standards. We will be monitoring implementation of the new law to ensure that licensed professional counselors are being adequately recognized for–and hired in–mental health specialist positions within the VA.
If you have questions about your eligibility, please contact the human resources staff at your local VA office.
Counselor Ed Mourns Loss of Higgins
The faculty and staff of the Counselor Education program were saddened to learn of the passing of Dr. Robert E. Higgins, 88, on July 20, 2010. Dr. Higgins was a founding faculty member of the Counselor Education program and served on its faculty from 1963 to his retirement in 1983. He served several years as Chair of the Department of Counselor & Human Services Education, however, he was a devoted teacher and trainer, receiving the "Outstanding Teacher" award for the 1984-1985 school year. You can read more about Dr. Higgins life and service at http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/toledoblade/obituary.aspx?n=robert-earl-higgins&pid=144248194.